Fes­tive fare in­spired by Isle of Capri

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Pretoria News Weekend - - EATING IN & OUT - PETER FELD­MAN

CAPRI Kitchen & Bar, a fun gas­tro-pub in Green­side, is an ex­cit­ing new ad­di­tion to the culi­nary land­scape in that area.

Basil Ho­lias­menos, an ex­pe­ri­enced chef and restau­ra­teur, and Jac­ques Ger­icke, who has his own restau­rant con­sult­ing com­pany, have now pooled their tal­ent with the cre­ation of a restau­rant that oozes charm and at­mo­sphere. And the food is pretty awe­some, too.

Capri Kitchen & Bar is fast be­com­ing recog­nised for its tra­di­tional and au­then­tic Neapoli­tan style home-made piz­zas and its trendy cock­tails. The one to try is the Pappa G which con­sists of Jack Daniels, Capri Kitchen & Bar, 20 Gle­nea­gles Road, Green­side, Jo­han­nes­burg 011 486 0871 Open seven days a week Amaretto, and burnt or­ange, stirred lightly and dou­ble strained over crushed ice.

The con­cept is in­spired by the is­land par­adise of Capri, the Ital­ian jet-set re­sort, where the orig­i­nal Neapoli­tan-style piz­zas are made. Here, the pasta flour is im­ported from Italy and the restau­rant of­fers a va­ri­ety of home-made pas­tas daily. The metro pizza, I am told, is meant to be shared.

A whop­ping 1m gi­ant metro pizza with a se­lec­tion of top­pings, washed down with a jug of your favourite beer, feeds up to four peo­ple and is very well priced.

On the Sun­day we vis­ited, I was per­suaded to try the lamb on a spit (R189) with all the trim­mings. This is served on Sun­days only but it’s wise to check first, as this is not a reg­u­lar event. The menu is com­pact and the wine list var­ied. There is a range of open sand­wiches and sal­ads, and de­li­cious starters as well. I highly rec­om­mend the fried squid heads and tzat­siki (R70). Other items here in­clude arancini balls (R59), deep fried Brie and cran­berry (R60), and pulled pork or bolog­nese (R65/R80).

My wife, Carla, said her beef lasagne was one of the best she had tasted. Other main course choices in­clude dry-aged 250g sir­loin (grass-fed, R150); braised lamb shoul­der risotto (R135); and beer-bat­tered fish and chips with mushy peas (R85). For burger lovers, there is a grass-fed beef burger with ched­dar, tomato, let­tuce, in-house mus­tard dress­ing and chips (R95).

I rounded off a ter­rific meal with a ge­lato se­lec­tion (R50).

All in all a day well spent on the culi­nary front. An added boost is the trend-set­ting en­ter­tain­ment that keeps the place rock­ing.

AU­THEN­TIC: Neapoli­tan-style piz­zas.

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